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the earth rises up and the heavens somehow descend just enough that they just touch. this was the only one place on the entire earth where this was so. >> the temple in jerusalem was the symbolic heart of the country. jews everywhere, if they chose to, if they were pious, would put aside part of their income-- it's sort of like, oh, the way christmas clubs operate now-- you'd put aside money explicitly to be spent having a party in jerusalem. >> narrator: although the temple was the centerpiece of jewish life and worship, judaism was not a state religion. >> there's no such thing as a state church. it's not a monolithic religious or cultural entity at this time. indeed, what we're seeing more and more through the research and the archaeological discoveries, is how diverse judaism was in this period. >> sometimes reading ancient sources is like overhearing family quarrels in a distant room. and some of the most endearing aspects-- i can say this because i don't... i don't live in the first century-- but the most endearing aspects of reading this evidence that we still have is overhearing th
. >> ( dramatized ): blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. >> narrator: about 15 years after mark, matthew wrote his gospel for a community caught up in the transformation of judaism after the fall of the temple. >> matthew's gospel is clearly written for a jewish-christian audience living within the immediate proximity of the homeland itself. matthew's is the most jewish of all the gospels. >> narrator: matthew's community lived in villages in the upper galilee, or lower syria. after the war, many who had been forced out of jerusalem moved north and settled in these villages. new leadership was evolving here with the pharisees, the rabbis who gave fresh interpretation to the ancient jewish traditions. matthew's community felt threatened by these changes. >> the followers of jesus were certainly very much on the fringe of the jewish community. obviously, the early preachers had hoped that they would convert the whole majority of their people. but they were bitterly disappointed to find that only a very few ac
off to school, flip live butts into tinderbox forests and hellfire half the heavens, but in the rubble of smoking cottages i will hold you in my arms. they could send kidnappers to kindergartens and pedophiles to playgrounds, wrap themselves in old glory and gut the bill of rights, pound at the door with holy screed and put an end to reason, but i will cut through their curtains of cunning and find you somewhere in moonlight. whatever they do with their anthrax or chainsaws, however they strip-search or brainwash or blackmail, they cannot prevent me from sending you robins, all of them singing: i'll be there. >> a year after 9/11 in that huge climate of fear, how could you have such faith in love? >> it's always been there for me. and it keeps me consciously aware that i'm not alone on this earth yet. we're up in our 80s now, so there'll be a time in sometime soon when i will be alone. but while i'm here, the thing that i most value is that, love. >> is that the source of the meaning in your life? i mean, you have this remarkable essay that had a profound impact on me a few years ago o
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